There was nothing in the news, and no press release, but it appears that Southwest Airlines has changed its policy for people who take up more than one airplane seat. You can still purchase an extra seat, and SWA prefers that you do that (of course), but you don’t have to. From their policy: “Customers of size who prefer not to purchase an additional seat in advance have the option of purchasing just one seat and then discussing their seating needs with the Customer Service Agent at their departure gate. If it is determined that a second (or third) seat is needed, they will be accommodated with a complimentary additional seat(s).”
You can read the full policy here: https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/extra-seat/index-pol.html
I haven’t flown SWA in years, mostly because of how they have treated fatties and other out-of-the-ordinary passengers. So while this seems to be a victory, it’s uncertain how it will play out. Those of you who plan to fly SWA, please leave a comment after your trip and let us know how you were treated.
(Thanks to Sondra Solovay, Marilyn Wann, Heather Boyle Nymeyer, and others for spreading the word on facebook!)